Apple joins clampdown on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

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Apple's move Sunday to remove five of six Infowars-related podcasts including "The Alex Jones Show" and "War Room" from its directories - first reported by Buzzfeed News - seemed to initiate a domino effect.

Only one Infowars programme - RealNews with David Knight - remained on the Apple platform after the cull.

Spotify, the streaming music online service, had already removed a number of Jones' podcasts last week, for breaking its own hate-speech rules.

"We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community", a Spotify spokesperson told ABC News on Monday.

In a statement Monday, Facebook said it was removing content from four pages associated with Jones for "glorifying violence" and "using dehumanizing language".

Last week, Facebook suspended Jones, a far-right commentator, for 30 days because he violated the social network's policy against bullying and hate speech. "We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions". It's unclear how the latest bans have affected his reach.

Infowars editor-at-large Paul Joseph Watson said in a tweet here that the broad take-downs amounted to censorship and were meant to help Democrats in congressional elections due in November.

On its website, where Jones is still free to broadcast, Infowars claims the tech industry is out to censor conservative content from the web.

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Some applauded the companies including Sleeping Giants, a lobbying group attempting to get big tech companies to remove hateful content. Families of the victims, now suing Jones and his media company, contend his message has led to a constant stream of threats.

Google's YouTube removed Jones' InfoWars channel Monday after taking other action in previous months.

Among the conspiracy theories Jones has peddled were charges that the United States government was behind numerous terrorist attacks, including the September 11, 2001 strikes on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

In a statement to BuzzFeed, Apple confirmed it had also removed Jones' podcast for violating its guidelines on hate speech.

The company announced the move in a blog post published Monday morning, explaining that pages belonging to Jones have continued to post content that went against its community standards.

The company said it does not "tolerate hate speech", adding that creators that violate its guidelines will be punished.

Infowars accounts are still active on Twitter because they now don't violate Twitter's policies, according to a person familiar with the company's thinking. "We are rapidly approaching a point where censorship of opposing voices is the norm".

Meanwhile, others have called on Twitter, on which Jones still has an account, to follow suit. "What makes the entire situation all the more horrific is that we have had to wage an nearly inconceivable battle with Facebook to provide us with the most basic of protections to remove the most offensive and incendiary content".

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